Blackboard is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This online classroom is one of the main learning tools utilised by the university for dissemination of information in taught modules. Most students will use Blackboard whilst completing their course.
Blackboard is used:
To open Blackboard remotely or from a university computer:
When Blackboard opens, you can see the My Institution page.
After logging in to Blackboard - you will be presented with the My Institution page. This page is divided into Modules (content blocks) and gives access to more Menu items across the top of the page.
Blackboard: My Institution (PDF guide)
From the My Institution page, of Blackboard, you have some options for personalising your view / experience of the interface.
Personalise Blackboard (PDF guide)
Blackboard Announcements are used by your tutors to deliver timely information to all of the students on a course.
Blackboard Announcements (PDF guide)
After logging in to Blackboard - you will be presented with the My Institution page. This page provides access to each of your Module and Course sites.
Blackboard: Finding Your Courses (PDF guide)
Once you have accessed a module site in Blackboard, where is everything stored and how do you I find the PowerPoints from last week?
Blackboard: Finding your way around a module (PDF guide)
The discussion board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. It is also used for Flexible Distributed Learning (FDL) to allow students and lecturers to discuss topics, research findings, assignments and reflections.
A wiki is a webpage with multiple authors. At the University, wikis are often used as a way for students to work collaboratively when they are not necessarily in the same location.
Blogs are a useful student tool. Blogs are often used for reflective writing or to group together questions that you may have about your course.